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Geneva Red & 5&Dime's Victoria Amps
One night we were playing at the Redfish on North State Street in Chicago. I'm in the middle of a solo and folks start yelling “You're on fire”, they keep pointing and when I turn around and look, there is smoke coming out of my amp. I finish the night plugging into the PA system. I figured I might have to get a new amp to replace my old workhorse Fender Twin I had been using for decades. I was aware of Victoria's emergence as a pioneer in the boutique hand built guitar amp industry. I decided to call Mark Baier to see if he would check my amp out, as he is an expert on old Fender tube amps. He was very gracious and told me to come and see him at the shop. Red had been playing a Fender 59 Bassman reissue and didnt want to miss the opportunity of checking out Victoria's fine vintage style amps for herself. So, Red and I spent a few hours with Mark as he introduced us to his great sounding amp lines. Red is picky about the tubes, speakers, and power she looks for in her amps. She had retubed her working amps over the years and had certain favorite combinations that worked well with her mic. What was so cool was Mark actually turned Red onto some other combinations that Red fell in love with on the spot. Mark has the ability to translate the sound characteristics a player is mentioning, into an electronic assembly that produces those characters. Things went to another level, Red decided she had to have a Victoria 45410 model amp with one of the setups Mark had introduced her to. She did request to have a switch included that would reduce the output power and then switch to only two speakers also. Mark said he had a good way to include that too. Mark was swapping out many components and Red was comparing many amps and sounds, and by the time they were done Red said “Mark I only have one more request, “Can you make it in Red”. They both grinned as Mark said “Of course!”. Mark did repair my Twin that day, and tweaked a couple of other parts that he felt would work better. I don't even question Mark's work because everything he has said and done for me has improved my sound the way I imagine it!